Ms. Pat Harper  

The Monument Valley Health Office/School Nurse is here to support both the health and education of students.  The goal is to foster the growth, development and educational achievement of all students through promotion of health and wellness by: providing first aid, emergency treatment, intervention and referral for physical, psychological, social‐emotional and behavioral issues;  administering direct care for special medical needs; monitoring health status and administering screening programs to identify health concerns; building partnerships to ensure referral to quality services that are effective, culturally appropriate and responsive to the diverse and changing needs of our students and their families.

Each year in grades 5-8 a range of issues may affect the health of your child: increased pressures on families, ongoing public health concerns such as infectious diseases, bullying, head injuries and emotional health concerns.  An emphasis is put on listening to concerns a student has and then guiding students to adopt healthy life style choices; these everyday healthy behavior choices affect how they feel in the moment as well as impact their future well-being.

In addition to the daily care provided to students with special needs and routine interventions for first aid, illness and physical and emotional concerns, the school nurse perform vision, hearing, height and weight and postural screening for scoliosis.


You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy…”
Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Former Secretary of Health

Contact Information: Patricia Harper RN, School Nurse

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

313 Monument Valley Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone/Fax – (413)644-2324/644-2394




BHRSD Medication Order and Consent Form


Annual Fluoride %27Swish%27 Consent Form Grades 5-6


Headlice Info sheet for MV


Seasonal Flu Information 2015/2016:

As the Enterovirus season tapers off, annual flu activity begins in late fall. According to the CDC and the MA Department of Public Health, the most important way to protect against flu viruses is to get the vaccination every year.

How Flu Spreads:

People with the flu virus can spread it to others from a distance up to 6 feet away. The virus travels in droplets made when we cough, sneeze and talk. These droplets find their way into the mouths and noses of others nearby, or can be breathed directly into the lungs. Also (but less common) the virus can be on a surface like a doorknob that is touched, and the virus then travels from hands to noses and mouths.

It is so important to wash hands with soap/water, and to make sure that if you are ill with a flu virus that you stay home and away from others. The flu is contagious – You may transmit the virus to others before you even feel sick yourself – from 1 day before illness symptoms begin up to 7 days after actually feeling sick. Children can pass along viruses even longer.

Best resource for flu information and to monitor how prevalent flu activity is around the country:


When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Your child should not attend school if:

  • The child has a temperature of over 100 degrees by mouth.
  • The child has conjunctivitis, which is an eye infection commonly referred to as Pink Eye. The eye is generally red with some burning and there may be thick yellow drainage.
  • The child has bronchitis and/or croup, which may occur together, but more often separately. Bronchitis or croup can begin with hoarseness, cough, and a slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painful, but it may gradually become productive. In croup, there is a loud noise as the child breathes in and there may be increased difficulty in breathing. Older children or adolescents should stay home if they have a persistent deep cough that has not been evaluated and treated by a physician.
  • The child has a rash that has not been diagnosed by a physician. We urge you to have rashes diagnosed. If a rash is diagnosed as a result of an infection, the physician must assure us in writing that the rash is no longer contagious before your child can return to school.
  • The child has an infection of the skin, which shows up as red pimples, small vesicles surrounded by a reddened area, raw, crusted or weeping lesions, warm red or painful lesions, or any skin sores accompanied by fever. When your child may return to school is dependent on the type of infection that is present and the medication your physician has prescribed.
  • The child has diarrhea (watery or greenish bowel movements, which look different and are much more frequent than usual). A child should not return to school until three days have lapsed since the onset of diarrhea, or until the child’s physician provides documentation that the child’s condition is not communicable.
  • The child has been vomiting within the past 24 hours (more than the usual spitting up as in the case of an infant).
  • The child has a significant cold with sneezing and nose drainage.
  • The child seems really sick without obvious symptoms. In this case, a child may look and act different. There may be unusual paleness, irritability, unusual tiredness, or lack of interest.
  • The child has a contagious disease. If a doctor places a child on antibiotics, the child should not return to school until they have had medication for at least 24 hours or until they are no longer contagious (per documentation of physician or according to policy of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health).